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Samsung PN42B450 42-Inch 720p Plasma HDTV (2009 Model)

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  • 42-inch high definition TV with 720p resolution
  • Two component, and one composite video input; two 10W bottom speakers and SRS TruSurround HD for a rich surround-sound
  • Mega dynamic contrast ratio for a stunning high contrast picture
  • Anynet technology makes system control of compatible A/V devices like a Blu-ray player or HTIB system a one-touch operation
  • One-year parts and labor warranty
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Samsung
  • Model: PN42B450
  • Display Technology: Plasma
  • Display Size: 42 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 41.5 x 12.4 x 28.5 inches ; 67.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 90 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Item model number: PN42B450
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

From the ManufacturerManufacturer's Review (April 23, 2009)
It's easy to see the difference in picture quality with the PN42B450 plasma HDTV. 720p high definition resolution and e-panel technology deliver sharp images and crystal-clear details. You also get more realism and vivid color. Plus bothersome glare isn't a problem with FilterBright and 600Hz Subfield Motion with a .001ms response time delivers a clear picture for fast-moving scenes. Enjoy eye-catching images and brilliant color every day.

Enjoy eye-catching images and brilliant color every day. Click to enlarge.

FilterBright Antiglare Technology
Minimized image glare and maximized contrast make this HDTV perfect for the ultimate viewing experience day or night. The anti-glare filter reduces reflections noticeably while maintaining ultra-high picture contrast. Daytime sports look crisp and bright, while movies at night feature rich blacks and realistic shadow detail.

e-Panel Technology
Samsung's e-panel technology makes sure you get superior picture quality.

  • FilterBright panel minimizes glare and reflections.

  • 600Hz Subfield Motion for clear motion pictures.

  • A fast .001ms response time minimizes blurring of fast motion in sports programs and movie content

  • Mega Dynamic Contrast ratio provides an improved, purer black level and color performance in Samsung's latest-generation plasma panels

600Hz Subfield Motion delivers a clear picture for sports, action, and other fast-moving scenes.

Contrast and brightness levels achieve new heights in this HDTV.

Wide color enhancer lets you experience more brilliant colors.

Built-In Digital Tuner (ATSC/Clear QAM)
The SAMSUNG plasma TVs have all the tuners you need for any type of cable service, including high definition.

Game Mode
Get in the game with enhanced blacks, sharp picture quality and optimum audio. At the touch of a button, game mode speeds up the image processing response so you get the most out of your gaming experience.

SRS TruSurround HD
Assisted by the PN42B450's two 10W bottom speakers, this creates an immersive, feature-rich surround sound experience from two speakers, complete with rich bass, high frequency detail and clear dialog.

Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC)
Get rid of the herd of remotes roaming across your coffee table and hiding in your couch cushions. One remote does it all with Anynet+. It delivers one-touch control for all your HDMI-connected compatible Samsung devices--such as your TV, AV receiver, or home theater system--and leaves you plenty of room to put your feet up.

Side A/V Connections
Provides convenient and easy connection for camcorders, cameras, or other compatible AV devices.

By being ENERGY STAR compliant you are assured that your SAMSUNG model is helping the environment by using less energy while saving you money. ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy promoting energy efficiency.

Wide Color Enhancer 2
Whereas blue and green shaded areas of the picture are washed out on conventional screens, wide color enhancer lets you experience more brilliant colors. Simply imagine a wider range of color than you ever thought possible.

What's in the Box
Samsung PN42B450 42-Inch 720p Plasma HDTV, Remote control, Cable holders and stand, TV stand and hardware, Cover bottom, Program CD, Owner's instructions, Cloth clean, Quick setup guide, Warranty card

Which Size HDTV is Right for My Room?

HDTV Size chart
With standard-definition TVs, the rule used to be that viewers would feel comfortable watching a set from a distance of 3 to 6 times the screen size in inches. With HDTV, the resolution is so much better that you can sit closer to a larger TV without noticing the pixels. So with HDTVs, the rule tends to be you can sit anywhere from 1.5 to 3 times the screen size (in inches) for the best experience. If you know the size of the room you have already, where you want to sit, and where your new HDTV should go once you get it, you can figure out the size HDTV you should get.
  • Minimum size = Viewing distance/3
  • Maximum size=Viewing distance/1.5

Product Description

Samsung PN42B450 42" Class 720p Flat-Panel Plasma HDTV With an E-Panel with FliterBright antiglare technology that delivers a 1365 x 768 resolution for supporting 720p high-definition images, this 42" plasma HDTV is ideal for bringing movies, games, TV shows and more to life. Features: * Built-inHDTV tuner: Add HD-capable antenna to receive over-the-air high-definition broadcasts, where available. Optional set-top box required for high-definition cable or satellite programming. * 1365 x 768 pixel resolution: For stunning image clarity anda true-to-life display. * 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio: Delivers a cinema-style entertainment experience. * E-Panel with FilterBright antiglare technology: Reduces glare from ambient light sources for improved viewing and more placement options. * 600Hz Subfield Motion: With a blazing-fast 0.001 ms response time for clear moving images. * Wide Color Enhancer2: Delivers lifelike color reproduction. * High brightness (1500 cd/m?) and stunning 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast: For clearer images and accurate color representation, even during scenes where both bright and dark images are present. * Built-in 20W speaker system: Delivers high-quality sound. * Ultraslim (2-9/10" deep), lightweight design: Ideal for wall mounting (with optional mounting kit, not included). * WiseLink 2.0 USB port: For playing MP3 and displaying JPEG files from devices with a USB 2.0 connection. * 3HDMI inputs: Provide an uncompressed all-digital audio/video link for the highest quality connection and support copy-protected HD broadcast content. * PC input: Lets you connect your computer to experience high-resolution images. * Inputs: Include 3 HDMI, A/V (side) and 1 PC. * V-Chip parental controls: Let you block programming above a setrating to keep children from being exposed to undesirable material. * ENERGY STAR qualified: Assures a high standard of energy efficiency. * Anynet Plus HDMI-CEC function: Allow

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It has been my primary TV for 5 years, for football games,…The picture quality is terrific, the dynamic range is nice, and it's still as silent as the day I bought it. G… Read more ›
after spending a week with this TV i realized this is a great TV and im glad I got it. the picture is really nice and everything is clear. there is little to no motion blur… Read more ›
I got this Samsung Plasma PS42A466 (same as the 450 but with integrated HD tuner) back in…The image quality is perfect and better than any LED TV in the market nowadays! Read more ›
Since I recently removed all my…Thankfully this HDTV rocks and found everything I originally had and even though some channels aren't HD picture quality is still amazing. Read more ›
It is in our living room hooked up to a Samsung 5.1…And I have to say, even though this TV is "only" 720p, the picture looks as good as or better than most other 1080p TVs. Read more ›
It almost…I have always did through researh on what types of TVS I bought to make sure I got ones with the best picture but I did not know images could look good as this! Read more ›
In the end - I selected the Samsung B450, because it had a brighter picture than the Panasonic, and RCA Audio Out. Colors are fantastic, no pixelation, and no motion blur. J… Read more ›
Set delivers a clear picture and color was good. First set came witha broken screen though and I had to wait another 10 days for a replacement. Read more ›
I have had this set for about 2 months and am very happy with it. Performance is great, colors and blacks are great. Read more ›
We also own an Toshiba 52 DLP that this Plasma's…Great deep blacks, vibrant colors and no annoying bulbs to replace ($180), no dejutter issues or refresh rates of the LCD. Read more ›
The picture on this is amazing - better video than the 1080p lcd screens I saw. One obvious difference: blacks are black on this as opposed to dark blue on the lcd screens. G… Read more ›
It works fine with fast access to the Internet and to the main menu. It has beautiful colors and very good definition It is easy to work and very reliable. Read more ›
It has a very wide viewing angle and an excellent picture even in standard definition. Amazon's price was the best that I could find and there were no shipping charges. I… Read more ›
Deep blacks. I highly recommend this unit as a great value for price TV. Read more ›
Only three issues: I have to use cable digital remote control to change from channel to channel but can't adjust volume up and down;…Other than that, it's a great value tv. Read more ›
This is my first plasma tv and I must confess it's very good for the price. After reading the reviews on it for so long I decided that i should go for it. Read more ›
All in all, I think it was a decent value. Read more ›
I had only once gone to a store to view different brands and styles but did not notice much…So I simply went to Amazon and chose a product that seemed to have good value. Read more ›
The Samsung performed beautifully; nice…I watched it mostly in Zoom 1 mode and really didn't notice any stretching and it almost filled the screen which was really nice. Read more ›
The Samsung also had no problem with displaying bright images on dark backgrounds and suffered none of the resultant "flickering" problems that were easily seen on the… Read more ›
The glare is a distraction. But if you research the difference between Plasma and LCD you'll notice that Plasma always have problems with glare. Frankly the only thing LCD… Read more ›
Why? #1: I prefer quality over anything else (deeper blacks, more vivid coloring and detail, and more accurate motion display). #2: A friend of mine has a $1800 LCD of… Read more ›
The HD quality is stunning - it looks like you're seeing things in person. Incredible clarity. The high refresh rate allows me to watch sports with absolutely no streaking… Read more ›
I picked up a SAMSUNG PN42B450 recently and couldn't be happier with it. We looked at comparable (but much more expensive) 1080P LCDs and we own a 42" 1080P Sharp LCD. In a… Read more ›
Cons: The speakers are not good and they sound very tinny. Granted all of the flat screens are doing this whole downward facing speaker thing, but it's still not good. Read more ›
I have no idea how anyone could review this tv with all the different…I am an audiophile and the audio is terrible...downward firing tinny sounding speakers, no bass. Y… Read more ›
Better price. Sound is good. Picture is great. Read more ›
Now for the review. the Samsung PN42B450 got hooked up to my DirecTV and the picture and sound are just great out of the box,meaning the factory settings were just right… Read more ›
$600 bucks for this…You are getting a wonderful picture and decent speakers on a dependable brand TV that won't (or shouldn't, anyway) fall apart after a few months of use. Read more ›
this is an excellent TV for the price...i think the sound can be better..if you need the full sound effects, you will need an add-on home theater hooked up, but i think… Read more ›
Delivery happened on time, in a minor snow fall. Setup was fast and professional. A perfect TV buying experience. Read more ›
Still good picture and color. Setup is relatively easy. It's too early to evaluate the reliablity for this one since I only have it for about 3 weeks. Read more ›
First of all the set up was easy, painless and really quick. We had the old TV out and the new one installed in half an hour tops and I'm no whiz with electronics believe me. Read more ›
The HDMI cables that I bought on Amazon were really low cost as well. Setup was super easy and the unit was remarkable light compared to units just a few years old. Highly… Read more ›
Buy this Samsung 42" Plasma and enjoy. The setup is simple. Turn it on and follow the screen instructions. Read more ›
It is a beautiful piece of electronics and I would/will/do…Very easy to set up and when i read other reviews and they stated that the sound was not to their liking. I… Read more ›
Picture is vibrant. Menus are simple. Great TV! Read more ›
Now I'm forced to use FF or grab the other remote. And speaking of remotes, the TV remote is unecessarily HUGE! The Samsung DVD remote is the exact same shape/layout but… Read more ›
Fellow owners will know what I mean. Otherwise, I've had no issues with the remote. Read more ›
The features on this tv seem pretty standard. Menus are easy to follow, picture adjustment was easy, and the remote seemed pretty standard. Tested the HDMI hookup with a… Read more ›
After all the tiresome research I did on HDTV's I am proud to say that it was all worth the effort. The only con is the huge remote. But the quality of the TV over shadows… Read more ›
NO background noise, NO problem with red &…Also, unlike the Panasonic, this Samsung has a VGA input, analog audio output jacks and a far more intuitive program menu. Mo… Read more ›
You can't even tell it's a 720p unless you're watching from two feet away. Easy to use, looks great in the room (we use ours in a living room with low natural light). Only… Read more ›
First, that the onscreen…Several of the HDTVs and converter boxes I've worked with will keep track of current and future programming in a way that is easy to navigate. T… Read more ›
This is the first time I've bought something like this through Amazon and not only am I extremely…This TV has a crisp, clear picture and is fairly intuitive to operate. P… Read more ›
This is the latest of Samsung's budget plasmas, and I couldn't be anymore happier. The menu is simple to navigate, picture is bright and crisp. I used auto program to find… Read more ›
This set more than meets my expectacions. Great picture, easy setup, easy to use. my first major purchase from Amazon was seamless. Great price and fast courteous delivery. Read more ›
It is my third flat panel tv (the others are a JVC 37" LCD and a Sony 42"…The colors are great, the remote is set up logically and the on-screen menu is easy to use. Re… Read more ›
The one surprise-negative, which I should have seen coming, is that to get the full HD-experience, I have to upgrade my media-player-components & connectors, which work… Read more ›
I bought this item from Amazon , received it yesterday. Out of box settings are great. Played around with those options on remote control -with energy efficient options,… Read more ›
Great TV for the price. Out of the box settings were very good. You could get a better TV for 2000 dollars, but this seems to be the best TV in this price point by a wide… Read more ›
I had a hard time finding information on this problem, but eventually learned it is a very common problem with several models of Samsung TVs, and is still appearing in… Read more ›
For the first 100 hours or so, experts recommend 'breaking in' new plasma televisions by dimming down the brightness and contrast settings out of the box to the half level… Read more ›
For instance, there are several colored buttons that have no useful everyday function, but common functions (like changing the input source from TV to DVD) require going… Read more ›
I am very pleased with this fabulous tv. Size is great. Picture is great. Read more ›
What confuses me is that the 40 inch model is several hundred dollars more. This is 42.3 actaully and a very nice size increase from my 36" Box set which was 300 lbs. Also… Read more ›
Hands down, this television is a great size, for a wonderful price and I would fully endorse getting it if it is one of your considerations. I originally planned on… Read more ›
Shipper was very professional and the box arrived in great shape. Read more ›
And now again I have…I will say, while under warranty, their customer service is great, and they replaced the first monitor, with speed and efficiency, and I had no issues. Read more ›
Made sure that it got there and was tested out to their satisfaction. Five stars to this 42 inch beauty and six to Pilot Trucking and their great customer service. Read more ›
720 p is perfectly acceptable for the viewing distance this tv is likely to operate under (4-10 feet) and the plethora of inputs means that you should be able to hook any… Read more ›
Excellent quality tv, and for the price is even better deal, good to watch sports and movies, this is our second samsung tv after having such a great experience before with… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

116 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Naren Peri on May 2, 2009
Great quality at this price point, way above my expectations!

My goal was to get an HDTV for no more than $1000.

This is how I convinced that Plasma 42" 720 p is the right choice for me .I've done quite bit of click shopping at online stores- amazon, eBay, newegg, abt.

1. Size: I don't need a TV bigger than 50". I live in a Condo. This is for my living room. Watch distance is ~8 feet.

2. Output: For <=50" size, I can not distinguish if the output is in 720p or in 1080 p(or 1080i).Comcast telecasts HD in 1080i in my area. As per my research, it takes at the least 2-3 years for Cable providers to upgrade their output quality to >=1080 p as such upgrade requires huge investment.

3.Plasma vs LCD vs rear projection: Partly this choice was governed by next criterion, price. Rear projections , available in the market, are largely >50". Between Plasma and LCD- I could not find any annoying feature in either technology when I watch those sets in stores -Walmart, target, sears, frys and best buy. At times I found colors of Plasma-warm and more appealing than I found those on LCD.
4.Price- I found Plasma sets did better on this criterion over LCD sets. Also most LCD sets produce 1080p. I do not need 1080p and I did not want to pay for that feature.
5.Other hygiene factors: HDMI inputs(3), Component connection, Optical link for sound
6. Factors I did not care: height(above 6000 feet) . I 've no reason to believe that I'll need to use this set at that elevation. Watching in light: I 'm okay to pull the blinders if too much sunlight affects experience . Burn in: latest Plasmas have advanced technology that constantly moves the picture and does not let burn in happen. Also if burn in does happen after few years, I am okay.
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85 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Steven Coy on April 21, 2009
First we bought the 42 inch vizio LCD (XVT) because of the 1080p and 120hz refresh, and it was on sale at Costco, but we found it to be annoyingly grainy, even while watching discs on our high-end Bluray machine (Sony BDP-BX1). After much deliberation and research online, we decided for the money we should be thrilled about the purchase, and so returned the Vizio to Costco (they took it, no questions asked, even without the box) and bought this Samsung plasma from Bestbuy for $100 less. The result... this is what we were looking for. We watch movies in the dark and this TV is perfect for it. No grain, crisp and beautiful. Is 1080p really that important? Or is this just more size-matters syndrome? Who knows - but this 720p plasma looks worlds better than the 1080p LCD, for less money. Go with this one!
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By J. Pearson on April 12, 2009
I got this TV in the Best Buy bundle they offered with the Xbox 360. For the price, I had absolutely not expected how great this TV is. The picture quality is definitely amazing, and I still can't find a TV in any display stores with better HD quality so far. Like all plasmas, it does show the true black perfectly and there's no motion blur what-so-ever in any of the video games or sports programming I've played so far. It also has inputs galore (3 HDMIs, VGA/sound PC input, optical audio output) which makes it easy to hook up to all the different components. I'm also able to cut down on extra cables by utilizing the optical sound output to my Denon receiver, so anything I view on the TV feeds digital sound to my AV system.

If you're looking for a true hidden gem, this TV probably offers the greatest value out there right now - and the Plasma is still superior to LCD at the moment.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By cawesjmu on March 23, 2009
Great TV for the price. Out of the box settings were very good. You could get a better TV for 2000 dollars, but this seems to be the best TV in this price point by a wide margin. I'll be dropping cable now since I have a HD antenna, and the picture looks amazing! Everything is so smooth, and the color is great. I had no problem giving up the 1080p features of higher end TVs for this TV (I don't have a blu-ray player, and it's only 42 in so you're not going to notice the difference hardly). Worth every penny and more.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By lindguini on February 17, 2010
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Our previous TV was a decent 32-inch LCD with an excellent picture. After three years, I came to realize that a 32-inch size is not optimum for viewing from 8-10 feet away in our living room. So I set off on researching a larger HDTV option.

I determined that a 40-42 inch size would fit our space perfectly and be well-suited to our viewing distance. Based on my good experience with the 32-inch LCD, I started looking at 40-inch LCDs only. I researched every model within our budget ($700) and found several good units from Sony, Samsung, Toshiba, and LG. It was very difficult to pick a clear winner.

And then, while trying to make the LCD decision, I wandered over and looked at the plasmas.

In the bright environment of BB, the LCDs definitely have the edge when it comes to "wow" factor with their bright, crisp displays turned up to the max. This is because people equate bright pictures with good pictures. In comparison, the plasmas appear more subdued and are not as "punchy" especially when they're side-by-side with the LCDs. But the plasmas develop a deep, rich image that can't be matched by similar-priced LCDs with conventional backlighting. Go take a look at the plasma displays set up in the low-light environment of the Magnolia section of BB and the quality difference of plasma becomes apparent.

The beauty of the plasma is that each pixel can be turned "off" and essentially emits no light -this allows for very deep blacks and higher-quality color reproduction. Conventional LCDs have a constant backlight that bleeds through the LCD matrix and this makes it difficult for LCDs to reproduce dark blacks. Plasma is also free of image lag when viewing fast moving scenes such as sports (something that even the best LCD's have a hard time resolving).
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